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MCA Product Category Rules Document Now Available

   Author: Cathy Szmurlo
Location: Glenview, IL

November 14, 2012, Glenview, Ill. - A new Product Category Rule (PCR) document, produced by UL Environment, Marietta, GA, that addresses three products - Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite Panels and Metal Cladding: Roof and Wall Panels - is now available from the Metal Construction Association. The 37-page "Product Category Rules for preparing an environmental product declaration (EPD) for Product Group: Insulated Metal Panels & Metal Composite Panels, and Metal Cladding: Roof and Wall Panels" is offered as a pdf document at no charge on the MCA website.

According to Scott Kriner, MCA's technical director, this document is the foundation for creation of Environmental Product Declarations for each of the three product groups.

"This is an important step in our sustainability activities at MCA. With the PCR now completed, our attention will turn to developing Environmental Product Declarations in order to communicate the environmental impact of our products. As the building construction industry prepares for LEED v4, which contains provisions for LCA and EPD transparency, MCA will be better positioned to allow building projects to qualify for more LEED points when using insulated metal panels, metal composite panels or metal cladding," according to Kriner.

The purpose of the PCR is to: determine the product group specific rules for the development of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), calculate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and create the project report on the LCA. The PCR creates a common platform for communication of the life cycle impact assessment results and other salient environmental information for the three product groups. The information is intended to complement existing environmental impact metrics for existing certification schemes, procurement policies, etc.

The critical review of the PCR document was conducted by Thomas P. Gloria of Industrial Ecology Consultants, Newton, Mass.; Jamie Meil of Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Ottawa, Ont. and Bob Zabcik of NCI Group, Houston, Tex.

A complete list and description of MCA's highly respected technical materials, including this document, are available at Most documents are downloadable free from the site.

About the Metal Construction Association
The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research and technology and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. Driving MCA's market development efforts is The Metal Initiative (, which is a program to increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

MCA's next meeting is the 2013 Annual Meeting, set for January 27-29 in Rancho Mirage, CA.

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